Diabetes Alert Day: Know your risk

Even if you have never been personally affected by diabetes, chances are you know someone who has.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, and 1.5 million are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

March 27 is Diabetes Alert Day, and health institutions across the country are emphasizing the importance of diabetes awareness, especially when left untreated or undiagnosed. From healthy lifestyle tips to disease management, check out some tips and resources from experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Warning signs and tips to reduce your risk

Although we may worry about genetically modified foods or contamination from pesticides, dietitian Roberta Anding says diabetes is a greater risk to your health and wellbeing. Anding shares information about risk factors, differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and tips for incorporating more activity into your daily life.

Five tips for living with diabetes

While diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease, it is also very treatable with a balanced diet, exercise and the right medication. Read five tips to help manage diabetes more efficiently.

Diabetes, your feet and you

Living with diabetes is more than insulin shots and watching your diet. About half of the people affected by diabetes will develop nerve damage, which can eliminate sensations and make it difficult to notice an open sore or ulcer. Dr. Joseph Mills offers six steps to prevent limb amputation due to diabetes.

Managing diabetes during spring and summer

As temperatures begin to rise, it may be tempting to grab a sweet, cold treat to help cool down. However, your favorite frozen lemonade or ice pop may contain high fructose corn syrup, which can raise glucose levels. Drs. Maria Redondo and Christin Carr share healthy recipe swaps and tips to help stay hydrated.

Additional Resources

Find out about diabetes clinical trials at Baylor.

Read more about managing diabetes.

See dietitian-recommended recipes.

Learn about the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Clinic and the Young Adult Diabetes Clinic at Baylor.

-By Nicole Blanton

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